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Students prepare to present The King's Children

The Thomson High School Drama class has had to be a little more creative than usual for their production this year. The class will present The Twelve Dancing Princesses in the school's auditorium on November 2.

Thanks to some unplanned changes, several cast members have had to change to a different character or new students have had to take a part at the last minute. In the process, drama teacher Kelly Flanders has changed the title of the play to The King's Children.

All the changes have not hampered the students' enthusiasm, or their productivity.

"This is the biggest season we've ever had," Mrs. Flanders said

The class has performed at Harlem High School during the Oliver Hardy Festival weekend and at Warren County High School. They will perform in Macon this weekend at the Georgia Threatre Conference Competition, do an abbreviated performance for the Kiwanis Club on Monday, Oct. 23, a full performance at the Watson-Brown Foundation on Tuesday, Oct. 24, for the middle school students on Thursday, Oct. 26 and compete again for the region at Cross Creek on Saturday, Oct. 28. They will end their tour at the high school.

"I have to really focus and get psyched to make sure I'm my character instead of me," said sophomore Whitney Morgan. "It's a great play to do. We have a lot of work to do, but we have a lot of fun."

The play is based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. In the story, 12 princesses disappear each night and wake in the morning to find their shoes worn out from a night of dancing. The king tries to solve the mystery of where his daughters go each night, using the bravery of 10 princes. The drama unfolds with the addition of a young soldier wearing a magic cloak and an evil prime minister trying to take over the kingdom.

Senior Katie Reeves said this is the most fun of the four plays she's been in. Katie plays the part of the princesses' nanny, which she describes as "smart alecky and goofy."

"It's fun," she said. "It's a great children's play."

Mrs. Flanders invites the public to enjoy the drama at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Watson-Brown Foundation or at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 2 at Thomson High School. For more information, call THS at 706-986-4200.

Web posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006

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